HK to ease restrictions on social distancing

Bars and pubs in Hong Kong are allowed to reopen from this Friday with new measures in place, including tables seating a maximum of four people.

Owing to the pandemic, the Hong Kong government imposed strict social distancing restrictions in order to contain the virus. Having achieved a record 14-day lull in local infections, the government announced today (5 May) that it would relax the rules over crowd control.

Most venues that have been forced to close, including gyms, beauty salons and cinemas, are allowed to reopen from this Friday.

Bars and pubs can also resume business, but they must operate at half capacity and the number of seats at each table is limited to four people, while live music and dance floors will be banned. Nightclubs and karaoke lounges will remain shut.

The government also extended the public gathering and restaurant restrictions, including table spacing of at least 2.5 metres, by 14 days until 21 May. But, in the revised regulation, the limit of each group gathering has risen from four to eight people.

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